The Great British Bake Off: Channel 4 tease new series for show
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Former Great British Bake Off presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have opened up about their one and only regret about being on the hit baking show. The duo appeared alongside baking royalty Mary Berry on the BBC show, where she judged the competitors over seven series before eventually stepping away in 2016 alongside Mel and Sue.
That’s my only regret, that Mary didn’t get her anniversary show
Mel and Sue hosted the show for six years until it moved from the BBC to Channel 4.
Following the announcement that the show was changing networks, the pair decided to step away from the baking programme.
Mary also featured on the show for the same amount of time, despite her co-star and fellow judge Paul Hollywood deciding to stay in his role, even after it changed networks.
Speaking about their stint on the favourite baking programme, the comedic duo revealed that they had only one real regret – which was due to the celebrity chef.
Speaking about their exit, Mel said: “I think we would have left when Mary wanted to leave.”
Sue chimed in: “I think we would have done ten years, something like that.
“A ten-year anniversary and then Mary would have maybe gone on to pastures new and we would have left with her,” she added.
Mel went on to add that she felt like herself, Sue, and Mary all had another few years left in them before leaving in 2016.
She explained: “That’s my only regret, that Mary didn’t get her anniversary show.
“For me there is an element of wistfulness about ‘we could have had a couple more years.'”
However, the star added that she believed the baking programme “peaked” after Nadiya Hussain was named the winner of the 2015 series.
Mel continued: “But once you have a show like Nadiya, who is a lightning rod of humility and fabulousness and 16 million people watch it, I think you know that the graph has peaked.”
When asked whether they still watch the show following their departure, Sue confirmed that they don’t.
“I just think it would make me sad to watch it,” she said.
“We gave it everything we had and we made a decision that was easy to make, but hard sometimes to reflect upon.
“You just wish it well,” she told The Times.
In March last year, the pair opened up on why they decided to walk away from the show.
Sue explained: “It was painful, and we’ve kept our counsel as to the whys and wherefores, and I think there is dignity in that.
“It’s a show about cakes and the moment you get tied up in intense feelings you tell yourself to stop being silly.
“We wish it the best and in return we just wanted them to understand that it would have been hard for us to carry on in those circumstances,” she told the Radio Times.
The Great British Bake Off returns tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm.
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